Caring Together wins award for young carers work

7th October 19

Caring Together have been presented with the Hunts FA Grassroots Project of the Year Award after being nominated for The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards 2019.

A range of activities are provided as part of our work with young carers and we have worked with Hunts FA to provide Futsal (a type of indoor football) events at St Peters School and our community group for primary-aged young carers in Huntingdon. Our work with Hunts FA led to us receiving one of the nine awards they presented.

Andy McGowan and Ella McKenzie receive Hunts FA Grassroots Project of the Year AwardAndy Coles, senior football development officer, said: “There is so much dedication and commitment throughout the grassroots game. I would like to congratulate each and every one of our County FA winners for their inspirational work in their local communities.”

Andy McGowan, Business Development and Communities Manager at Caring Together, said, “We provide many different types of support and opportunities to the young carers we work with. These are not just focused specifically on their role as a carer, we work to support their health and wellbeing, and to give them opportunities to thrive as individuals.

“We and the young carers really appreciate the support provided by Hunts FA to promote healthy lives for young carers through sport – with Hunts FA regularly supporting  groups of young carers to do sports sessions.”

Andy and Ella McKenzie (pictured) were presented with the award on behalf of Caring Together by St Neots’ Mayor Gordon Thorpe at a ceremony on Saturday 5 October.

The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards recognise and celebrate the work of individuals and groups to instill The FA’s PRIDE values – Progressive, Respectful, Inclusive, Determination and Excellent – and make a positive difference in their club, league or local community.

Following receipt of a record 4,073 nominations, The FA has worked alongside respective County FAs to select appropriate winners across 9 categories. The full list of Hunts FA Grassroots Football Awards 2019 winners are:

  • Grassroots Coach of the Year – Stuart Duncan – Buckden Junior FC
  • Supporter of the Year Award – Lisa Gilbert – Riverside FC
  • Grounds Team of the Year Award – Gareth Chapman and Dave Misseldine – St Ives Town FC
  • Grassroots Club of the Year – Stanground Sports Youth FC
  • Volunteer of the Year Award – Elizabeth ‘Mary’ Sere – Brampton FC
  • Rising Star of the Year Award – Callum Hamilton – Yaxley Falcons FC
  • We Only Do Positive Respect Award – Andy White – Priory Parkside Futsal
  • Grassroots Project of the Year Award – Caring Together
  • Grassroots Match Official of the Year – Percy Parker

You can go to to find out more about the support available to young carers from Caring Together.